Views sought on freedom campers

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The Waikato District Council plans to introduce a new, freedom camping bylaw and is calling for locals’ views.

The council is after feedback on areas it proposes that freedom camping would be restricted or prohibited.

It has already noted some locations where camping restrictions or bans would apply but is keen to know if there are other areas where freedom campers have caused problems.

So far, the areas identified are in Raglan, Ngaruawahia, Port Waikato, Tuakau and Onewhero.

If you have views or concerns the bylaw consultation documents are here.

Restricted areas are locations where camping may occur subject to certain conditions. This could include restrictions on the number of freedom camping vehicles, specifying the maximum number of consecutive nights freedom camping may occur in the same area by the same camper(s), or requiring campers to be self-contained.

Under the Freedom Camping Act, the council can only restrict or prohibit areas where freedom camping can occur through a bylaw; it cannot prohibit freedom camping entirely.

Submissions must be received by 5pm, May 27.

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